Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus cabanisi)


French: Paruline de Cabanis German: Graubrauen-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita coroniamarilla

Basileuterus cabanisi


, 1879,

San Esteban and Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela


Hitherto treated as conspecific with B. culicivorus and B. auricapilla, but differs from former in its grey vs olive-grey upperparts and ear-coverts (2); yellow vs orange coronal stripe (2); whitish vs yellow loral line, and whitish vs yellowish-olive supercilium (3); white vs yellow undertail-coverts (ns[1]); song a series of repeated, almost identical notes covering a very large frequency range, reaching 9–11 kHz, thus differing in its much higher maximum frequency (3) and lower number of different note shapes (2)#R; and from B. auricapilla by its grey vs olive-green upperparts and ear-coverts (3); yellow vs orange coronal stripe (2); grey vs pale buff hindcrown and nape (1); white vs yellow undertail-coverts (ns[1]); song with a single note shape (1) and all notes at high pitch (2). Four subspecies recognized.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. c. indignus Todd, 1916 – Santa Marta Mts (N Colombia) and adjacent Sierra de Perijá (on Colombia–Venezuela border).
  • B. c. cabanisi Berlepsch, 1879 – NE Colombia (Norte de Santander) and mountains of NW Venezuela (E to Distrito Federal and Miranda).
  • B. c. occultus J. T. Zimmer, 1949 – Colombia in W & C Andes (Antioquia S to Cauca) and E Andes (Magdalena and Santander).
  • B. c. austerus J. T. Zimmer, 1949 – Colombia on E slope of E Andes (Boyacá, Cundinamarca and W Meta).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Yellow-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus cabanisi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 July 2019).